LaGrange County Extension Board
March 21, 2013
Pine Knob County Park
Members in attendance: Jeff Campos, Stan Clark, Theresa Clark, Evan Gilliland, Harold Gingerich, Tracy Harker, Laura Kratz, Crystal Leu, Jennifer McBride, Erin Miller, Larry Miller (Commissioner Rep.) Cara Perkins, Sherryl Rhinesmith, Sharon Strayer, Joyce Weber, Allison Young, Travis Zook and Ryan Young
Ex Officio Members: John Emerson, Steve Engleking, Ann Fremion, and Deb Pontecorvo
Guests: Shannon Schrock and Cindy Barnett
Crystal welcomed the board at 5:35 p.m.
Supper Provided by Patchwork Patterns
The meeting was adjourned for the supper provided by the Patchwork Patterns Homemakers club. Crystal Leu thanked the Patchwork Patterns Homemakers for the delicious dinner. The board thanked the group with a round of applause.
International 4-H—Cindy Barnett, CED Purdue Extension, Whitley County
John introduced Cindy Barnett, the Extension Director from Whitley County. She shared information about 4-H International, specifically the exchange program with Poland. This is the 8th year that Northeast Indiana has participated in this exchange. There are Polish 4-H youth and adults here every other year and Northeast Indiana sends a group back to Poland every other year. Cindy is still looking for 8 host families for girls for this summer. The 4-H program in Poland focuses on natural resources and minimizes competition. The last two times the group traveled to Poland the cost was $1800 per individual plus the cost of a passport and money for souvenirs.
PCARET Report—Shannon Schrock
Mike Patka is the second LaGrange County representative. Shandon stated the PCARET acts as advocates to promote the Ag department at Purdue and the Extension programs. This past weekend he went to Washington, D.C. to visit our state Representative and Senator to explain why PCARET supports Extension and Purdue. Shannon shared a little with us what he learned before going to visit our representatives: 1/3 federal dollars, 1/3 state dollars and 1/3 county dollars make up the funding to pay for Extension services. Steve Engleking noted that Purdue changed the way they fund the county offices so that no Federal monies are used to directly fund the county offices. With sequestration Purdue is looking at cuts of one million dollars. Shannon also met with the Ag liaisons.
Board Business Meeting—Jeff Campos
The business meeting was called to order at 7:14 p.m.
Minutes from the February 28, 2013 meeting were reviewed. Crystal Leu moved to accept the minutes as read. Ryan Young seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Brief Board Orientation-- Staff
John Emerson gave a brief orientation as he previously met with all new members. He will meet with Allison Young, our newest youth member. John asked the members to review the All A-Board article in our manuals. We reviewed county demographics and discussed ways we can reach out to minorities in the county.
2013-14 Board Schedule
The meeting schedule for the 2013-14 year was agreed upon, with the places to be determined:
June 27, 2013 – 6:00 p.m. Budget meeting - County Office Building
October 10, 2013 – 6:00 p.m. - County Office Building
January 9, 2014 – 6:00 p. m.- County Office Building
February 27, 2014 – Annual Banquet--To Be Announced
March 20, 2014 - Reorganizational Meeting--To Be Announced
Election of officers
Jeff Campos entertained a motion for president: Crystal Leu nominated Theresa Clark. Jennifer McBride moved nominations be closed. Sharon Strayer seconded the motion. Motion carried. Theresa Clark was elected by acclamation.
Sherryl Rhinesmith nominated Jennifer McBride for secretary. Ryan Young moved to close the nominations. Tracy Harker seconded the motion. Motion carried. Jennifer McBride was elected by acclamation.
Shannon Schrock and Mike Patka
Ardala Hepler has been our representative for several years. She represents the Ag. Agent of LaGrange County.
Woodland, Lakes, & Streams RC & D Representative
Joyce Weber will continue to represent us as well as the county commissioners.
Jennifer McBride moved that the above individuals be appointed as representatives of the Extension Board for the 2013-14 year. Theresa Clark seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Jeff completed the appointments for the committees for the 2013-14 year:
Laura Kratz, Chair
Theresa Clark, Chair
Jennifer McBride, Chair
Theresa Clark moved to adjourn. Crystal Leu seconded the motion. The motion carried. The meeting was adjourned at 7:39 p.m.
Next board meeting will be June 27, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. Location will be the LaGrange County Office Building Conference Room. The budget committee will meet at 5:30 p.m.